Churches should afflict the comfortable!

St Paul’s Cathedral was wrong to shut its doors as protesters camped out on its steps, the shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander said today.

Mr Alexander said the job of the church was not just to “comfort the afflicted but to afflict the comfortable”, adding the demonstrators camping outside the cathedral were speaking to a “general unease” in the country.

Speaking to Jeremy Vine, standing in on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Mr Alexander said he felt uneasy when the cathedral’s authorities decided to close its doors.

He said: “I think the job of the church is not just to comfort the afflicted but to afflict the comfortable.

I like that.

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